Thursday, July 8, 2010

Petřín Hill

Petřín Hill is a network of parks in Prague. The hill is 318 meters (1,043 feet) high. You can walk to the top or take the funicular. We rode the funicular. There is a beautiful rose garden as soon as you reach the top.

By the 18th century, most of the 12th century vineyards were converted to gardens. You can follow different walking paths as you pass various memorials. One of the paths leads you over to the castle.

The Hunger Wall goes around the park. It was built from 1360 – 1362 and was part of the city’s fortifications at the time. It got its name because as a way to employ people, the workers received food, instead of money, to build the wall.

In 1891, the Petřín Hill Observatory Tower was built for the Old Jubilee Exhibition. I have no idea what the exhibition was but the tower was built for it.

The tower is a model of Eiffel Tower. At 60 meters (~197 feet) tall, the tower is a quarter of the size of the original in Paris. The view from the top of the tower is awesome as you overlook the entire city.

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